Slow Travel in Lake Tahoe
Seeking serenity, peace, quite and self connection? Allow us to be your guides. Follow our suggestions for experiences that allow you to take your time and enjoy every moment during your stay in Lake Tahoe.
Listen to the Silent Trees
There is a difference between a hike, a walk and a Forest Bathing experience. Yoga is the practice of reestablishing union. You are so disconnected from your authentic self that you think that you are the stuff you have and the things you do. Spending time in nature reminds us that we are made up of the same qualities, particles and energy as the rest of the world.
Next time you travel be sure to get out and take a walk. A slow, mindful, engaged hike, that allows hear the sounds, smell the scents and touch the Earth. If your travels take you to Lake Tahoe reserve a Forest Bathing experience with Felix Brosch. He's trained in Shinrinyoku Forest Bathing. It has become a vital part of preventative healthcare in Japan. The results of Japanese studies have shown forest bathing improves sleep quality, mood, ability to focus, and stress levels. What a great way to slow down while you're in town.
Sink Into the Sand
Did you know that Tahoe's sand is made up of decomposing granite, DG for short? This unique sand allows you to sink in as you walk and rest on the beach. One of the best ways to experience this phenomena is to join a Beach Yoga practice. During the session you will get to experience the sand moving beneath your body. You'll identify imbalances while attempting to remain steady as the sand shifts.
The experienced guides at Lake Tahoe Yoga know how the sand moves and provide expert instruction to help you feel confident and develop awareness of your body as you attempt the postures during the practice. Tips and tricks are abundant during the classes to help you become stronger and more steady throughout the session. They also offer the second best savasana ever. The first best one? I'll tell you more about that later.
Take Small Sips
I like to drink gin and wine. Going to wine tastings is one of my favorite off-season activities. In my pursuit to find gin and wines that I enjoy I have befriended a distiller and a wine maker who have become good friends. I've noticed that each time we taste their libations we do so slowly; we take sips.
While you're visiting Tahoe instead of getting shots and chugging down drinks, take sips. Choose to join a wine tasting or cocktail event where you learn about the spirits you are tasting. You can even book private events at places like Bliss Experiences where a sommelier will guide you as you learn to taste wine and explore unique food pairings. Slow down, take sips, and truly experience that which you are tasting.
Let the Music Move You
www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/sound-bathThere are many branches of Yoga. The of practice of sound vibration is Mantra. Sounds are powerful. I'm sure you've felt the feeling of a deep drum beat or experienced the shrill of a high pitched whistle. Mantra Yoga is the practice of using sacred sound, intentionally, to effect shifts in energy and mindset. A group experience of mantra is called kirtan. These are hard to find in Lake Tahoe.
You can find live performances and will hear music being played throughout the basin. If you're seeking a "slow music" experience we recommend a sound bath or sound healing experience. Anne Roos offers live and virtual guided relaxation that incorporates the sound of harp music. You can join her while you're visiting or from the comfort of your home. Let the music slow you down.
Get to Lake Level
You probably came to Lake Tahoe to spend some time near or in the water. There are so many water-based experiences to discover. Power boats and jet skis are many. There are kayaks and paddle boards. You can waterski or wind surf. These high adrenalin activities draw a lot of attention not only because they are risky, but because they are fast and noisy.
Slow down, quiet down and truly experience the lake on a paddle board or kayak. These activities are low impact on the lake, the environment and on your body. The ultimate slow down experience on the lake is Paddle Yoga. Lake Tahoe Yoga offers scheduled classes and private bookings. Not only do you get to experience the lake at its most peaceful, you'll experience balance and restoration unlike ever before. You can also rent boards and kayaks or book tours at a variety of providers including South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle. Experience Tahoe at lake level and let the waters can help you to slow down.
As you plan your next trip to Tahoe consider including moments of slow travel. Allow time to get immersed in the forest, sink into the sand, sip in the scene, move with the music and float upon the waves. If you're seeking other suggestions or opportunities to slow down reach out or visit Bliss Experiences for recommendations and curated experiences.
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